Sir Bernard Spilsbury
(1877-1947)

Died aged c. 70

Sir Bernard Henry Spilsbury (16 May 1877 – 17 December 1947) was a British pathologist. His cases include Hawley Crippen, the Seddon case, the Major Armstrong poisoning, the "Brides in the Bath" murders by George Joseph Smith, the Crumbles murders, the Podmore case, the Sidney Harry Fox matricide, the Vera Page case, and the murder trials of Louis Voisin, Jean-Pierre Vaquier, Norman Thorne, Donald Merrett, Alfred Rouse, Elvira Barney, Tony Mancini, and Margaret Lowe. Spilsbury's courtroom appearances became legendary for his demeanour of effortless dominance. He also played a crucial role in the development of Operation Mincemeat, a deception operation during the Second World War which saved thousands of lives of Allied service personnel. Spilsbury died by suicide in 1947.

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Sir Bernard Spilsbury 1877-1947 forensic pathologist lived here 1912-1940

31 Marlborough Hill, Westminster, NW8, London, United Kingdom where they lived (1912-1940)

Bernard Henry Spilsbury 1877-1947 pioneer forensic scientist and pathologist born here

Birk & Nagra Chemist, Bath Street, Leamington Spa, United Kingdom where they was born (1877)